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3 Traditional Roofing Materials

The roofing industry has taken many different routes throughout history which has allowed us to perfect the trade and learn which materials are suitable for which purpose. Here at Valent Roofing, our team of dedicated roofers want to provide each and every client with a service they can trust which is why we make it a point to ensure that the correct material is installed on their property. Read on as we go over three traditional materials that were popular during the early days of roofing and remain an industry favourite today…

Clay Tiles

According to historians, clay tiles have been used for roofing purposes since 10,000 B.C and even has roots in China. This roofing material is still incredibly popular today, however modern technological advancements means that it is no longer susceptible to damage like warping and twisting like handmade traditional tiles were. In fact, they can be mass-produced very easily today and this means that roofs made from this traditional material are incredibly cost-effective.


Although straw roofs are never used in industrial roofing, they are a popular rural option and date all the back to the year 5000 B.C! Known officially as thatched roofing, this type of roof makes use of materials like straw, reeds and grasses which are cut and dried in order to form ‘yelms’. Surprisingly, it has a longevity guarantee of around 30 years, however it tends to be considered a health and safety risk due to how flammable dried straw is.


There are dozens of different stone related materials that can be used in roofing, including but not limited to limestone and sandstone, and that is why it has been a popular option for thousands of years. Slate is a metamorphic rock with a lifespan of around 150 years and durability rating that knocks every alternative material out of the park. As a result, it is still considered one of the most high-in-demand materials on the market.

There have been many advancements in roofing technology since the days of thatched roofs and this means that we can now implement modern materials like metal and rubber with ease. Here at Valent Roofing, we work closely with every client in order to provide excellent value for money and a roof that will withstand the test of time. To find out more information, get in contact with one of our industrial roofing experts today!


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